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Download Once in a Lifetime (Dramatized) Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George S. Kaufman Narrator: Caroline Aaron, Edward Asner, Jen Dede, Jeanie Hackett, David Kaufman, Sarah Rafferty, Jonathan Silverman Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It's 1929 as The Jazz Singer hits the silver screen and the talkies promise to change movies forever. Enter three down-and-out vaudevillians who hatch a hare-brained scheme to make it big in Tinsel Town. Their plan? To open a voice academy for the witless stars of silent movies. The only things standing in their way are ditzy starlets and power-hungry movie moguls.

Starring Ed Asner and directed by Moss Hart's son, this is top-of-the-bill screwball comedy and Kaufman and Hart genius at its very best.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring (in alphabetical order) Caroline Aaron as Helen Hobart/Miss Chasen; Edward Asner as Herman Glogauer; Jen Dede as Susan Walker; Jeanie Hackett as Mrs. Walker/Miss Leighton; David Kaufman as George Lewis; Katharine Leonard as Florabel Leigh/Bridesmaid #2; Joe Liss as The Porter/Ernest/Mr. Flick/Weisskopf/The Bishop; Kellie Matteson as Phyllis Fontaine/Bridesmaid #1; Jon Matthews as Rudolph Kammerling/Fontaine Chauffer/Leading Man; Sarah Rafferty as May Daniels; Jonathan Silverman as Jerry Hyland; Steve Vinovich as Lawrence Vail/Leigh Chauffer/ Meterstein. Directed by Christopher Hart. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in October 2009.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen | 7/8/2013

    " Hoping that this story will get better once we actually bring it to life in theatre, but for now it was just an alright story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Duncan | 8/14/2012

    " To be honest, this is a strange but fast moving play. It has a huge cast and we saw it on the Olivier Stage at the National Theatre, London. It has rather dated dialogue but accurately portrays the story it tells. "

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